Since 2019, the USGlass Magazine Annual Design Awards have recognized excellence in the use of architectural glass and glazing. This year’s competition will be no exception, highlighting exemplary uses of glass and glazing. The awards will continue to recognize projects across several categories that push the proverbial envelope of what’s possible in architecture and design.

Glass and glazing products are the center-stage design element in architectural projects worldwide. Now, we want to see your best projects.

The USGlass Magazine Design Awards are open to all members of the architectural glazing industry, including contract glaziers, glass and metal fabricators and suppliers, architects, developers, owners, and building envelope/façade consultants.

The USGlass Magazine Design Awards were launched in 2019 to recognize excellence in the use of architectural glass. Here’s a look back at the winning projects from the 2021 competition.

Art Glass: Moynihan Train Hall, GGI;
Commercial Interiors: Zhen Fund, asap/Adam Sokol Architects;
Façade Retrofit/Renovation: The Assembly (Old Ford Building), Quaker Windows & Doors;
Highrise Construction: 100 Above the Park, Ventana;
Lowrise Construction: UC Riverside Plant Growth Environments Facility, Giroux Glass; and
Structural Glass: Cube Berlin and Kinder Building—Museum of Fine Arts, Eastman Chemical; East End Gateway, Skidmore Owings and Merrill.

Rules and Eligibility

• Project submissions must have been completed between January 2021 and December 2021;
• Projects located throughout the world are eligible for entry;
• Submissions must feature architectural glazing prominently within the design or show a unique, inaugural, or innovative glazing design;
• Submissions must include up to five high-resolution (300 dpi; 1200 x 2400 pixels max) images. Please include a close-up to illustrate the level of difficulty, as well as images of the finished job. If entering the façade renovation/retrofit category, please also include a before shot of the project;
• Submissions at the time of entry, including all images, must be approved for publication by the project owner, and you must have and provide the rights to use the images for editorial purposes;
• To maintain anonymity in judging, the names of entrants or collaborating parties will not appear on any submission materials provided to judges;
• Entry forms must be completed in their entirety.


Submissions will be due by July 15, 2022, and announced in the January 2023 issue of USGlass magazine. Entry Fee: $55


• Low- to mid-rise construction (less than 75 feet)
• Highrise construction (75 feet or more)
• Commercial interiors (podium, lobby spaces, etc.)
• Façade retrofit/renovation
• Art glass (architectural glass used as a medium for artistic expression and integrated into a building or urban habitat)
• Structural glass—Façades
• Structural glass—Floors, stairs, fins, beams, etc.


Submissions should illustrate the following:
• Design innovation;
• Aesthetic achievements;
• Technical difficulty.


Winning projects will be featured in the January 2023 issue of USGlass magazine, and receive extensive publicity throughout the year, including editorial coverage and recognition in USGlass, USGNN, podcasts and more.

To Enter

The entry form is available online at and is due by July 15, 2022. If you have questions about the awards, please contact Ellen Rogers at or call 540/602-3249.


Roman Schieber is an associate director with knippers helbig in Stuttgart, Germany. He is a certified façade engineer with the University of Augsburg in Germany and has served as a guest lecturer at the University of Stuttgart. His experience includes facade engineering, building physics, sustainability, geometry engineering, and special structures. He has been involved with a variety of façade projects around the world, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. He is also a member of the Chamber of Architects Baden-Württemberg in Germany.

Julia Schimmelpenningh is the architectural industry technical manager for the Advanced Material Interlayers business of Eastman Chemical Company. She has more than 30 years’ experience in lamination, and laminated glass applications support and provides technical product support to glass fabricators, architects, designers, engineers, and specifiers. Her work includes new product development, qualification and commercialization of laminated glazing solutions, regulatory development, industry education, and association support. She also manages the America’s Customer Applications and Support Laboratories in Springfield, Mass., and Sao Paulo,
Brazil. She is an active and solid contributor in the glazing industry as a member of many associations and organizations. She recently received the highest award given by ASTM International for her contributions to the industry and was designated an Honorary Fellow. She also received the prestigious C.G. Carney Award in 2019.

Adam Sokol is a graduate of Columbia and Yale Universities and studied at Harvard University and the Université- Paris IV Sorbonne. He is a registered architect in the states of New York and California and a member of the American Institute of Architects. He is the principal architect and founder of asap/Adam Sokol architecture practice, a collaborative design practice founded in 2011 and based in Los Angeles and New York.

Brad Thurman is the vice president of sales and marketing for the Fabrication Division of General Glass International (GGI). Thurman earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Louisville and holds an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan. In addition to his 20+ years of experience working with leading manufacturers and fabricators in the fenestration industry, Thurman is a member of CSI and certified as a Construction Documents Technologist.

Marty Trainor is the co-founder and senior vice president of pre-construction for Ventana Design-Build Systems LLC, and has 18 years of industry experience. He has led pre-construction and design-assist efforts on projects for a variety of corporate, academic and medical centers across the U.S. He is experienced with hybrid window walls, cable net walls, custom unitized projects, double-skin walls, ornamental metals, structural glass walls, and skylights. He is also a member of Ventana’s Principal Leadership, providing company-wide leadership and guidance.

Josh Wignall is the director of commercial marketing at Quaker Windows & Doors. He has more than 16 years of experience in the fenestration industry. He is an active member of FGIA, where he serves as chair of the marketing and engagement steering committee, Aluminum Material Council Marketing Committee, Onboarding Task Group, Sustainability Web Page Task Group, and the Wood and Composite Cellulosic Materials Council.

Greg Wright is the vice president of the Nevada operations for Giroux Glass Inc., where he oversees all estimating, project management, and operations of Nevada-based projects. Before his career in construction, he joined the U.S. Navy in 1989. After eight years of active duty, he started as a journeyman glazier in 1997 and came to Giroux Glass in 2014. Wright earned a bachelor’s degree in logistics management from Florida State University and a fire science and firefighting certificate from Florida Community College in Jacksonville. He has also recently completed 16 years in the Navy Reserve.

Christoph Timm leads SOM’s Enclosure Group, a practice embedded among the design and engineering studios in the firm’s New York office that focuses on the design of building enclosures and facades. With two decades of experience in the creative field, Timm has designed a wide variety of projects. Timm has deep expertise in the design and fabrication of high-performance building enclosures, and is particularly interested in how their aesthetically crafted appearances shift under varying lighting conditions. At SOM, he started a construction site visit program that regularly takes young architects to different sites in New York to create a better understanding of the complexities of construction in relation to design. He is deeply engaged with technological innovations in the field and shares his expertise actively at conferences and industry events. He has also lectured on design and building performance-related topics worldwide.

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